build·​ing | \ ˈbil-diŋ How to pronounce building (audio) \

Definition of building

1 : a usually roofed and walled structure built for permanent use (as for a dwelling)
2 : the art or business of assembling materials into a structure

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Synonyms for building


edifice, structure

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Examples of building in a Sentence

My office is in that small brick building. We bought the land for building.

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One proposal is to release land not originally zoned for housing and to create higher density developments like high-rise buildings. Fortune, "Tiny Luxembourg Is Having a Big Brexit Moment," 10 Aug. 2019 An official says nearly 1,000 buildings were damaged by Thursday’s 6.0-magnitude earthquake in western Turkey. Washington Post, "Turkey: Quake damaged nearly 1,000 buildings, official says," 10 Aug. 2019 Under Armour has put plans on hold to develop a new corporate headquarters in Port Covington, where the athletic apparel brand has an office building in a former Sam’s Club store. Meredith Cohn,, "Marina and boatyard in Port Covington becomes part of the billion-dollar development," 9 Aug. 2019 Hosted by Houston Community College on Aug. 24, Sep. 14, Oct. 5, Oct. 19 and Nov. 2, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at HCC Alief Hayes, 2811 Hayes Road, brown building with flags, Rooms A319/320, 3rd Floor, Houston, TX 77082. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Business calendar: Upcoming events in the area," 9 Aug. 2019 Databases of building records and other inputs can also be outdated, biased or inaccurate. New York Times, "This High-Tech Solution to Disaster Response May Be Too Good to Be True," 9 Aug. 2019 Chapman acquired the packing house and adjacent industrial buildings in the historic Cypress Street Barrio decades later. Daniel Langhorne, Daily Pilot, "New dorm marks Chapman University’s progress toward housing more students, improving neighbor relations," 9 Aug. 2019 South Texas prosecutors say Massey has expressed support for Timothy McVeigh, whose deadly attack on that city's federal building killed more than 160 people and injured over 680 others. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, "Feds are looking for militia man with 'violent tendencies' who mounted armed patrols on South Texas border," 9 Aug. 2019 The makers of the super-popular toy building bricks have just released their lineup of 2019 advent calendars, featuring Harry Potter and Star Wars, as well as their City and Friends collections. Christina Butan,, "LEGO’s new Harry Potter and Star Wars advent calendars are finally here with over 200 pieces each," 9 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of building

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of building was in the 13th century

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English Language Learners Definition of building

: a structure (such as a house, hospital, school, etc.) with a roof and walls that is used as a place for people to live, work, do activities, store things, etc.
: the act or process of making structures by putting together materials


build·​ing | \ ˈbil-diŋ How to pronounce building (audio) \

Kids Definition of building

1 : a permanent structure built as a dwelling, shelter, or place for human activities or for storage an office building
2 : the art, work, or business of assembling materials into a structure

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